"[A] masterly literary biography."
—Patrick J. Murray, Times Literary Supplement
"Philippe Desan’s biography gives back to us the political Montaigne."
—Robert Minto, Los Angeles Review of Books
"Desan provides not just a new biography but a new Montaigne."
"Montaigne claimed to have portrayed himself 'naked' to posterity. Mr. Desan removes the last of his garments."
—Jeffrey Collins, Wall Street Journal
"One of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017"
"Offers fresh analyses not just of well-known omissions but also of distortions. . . . [I]ndispensable."
—Neil Kenny, History Today
"A detailed yet sweeping journey through the world of one of the Renaissance’s most important literary figures."